Covid-19 Wednesday: 61 deaths, 2,488 new cases

January 20th, 2021 6:08 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

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THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 61 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 58* deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

There has been a total of 2,768** Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 19th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,488 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 179,324*** confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
  • 51% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties.


As of 2pm today, 1,923 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. There were 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.


Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: ‘The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of Covid-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.


‘The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.


‘If you are Covid positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.’


The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.


*There are 3 deaths where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,768 deaths reflects this


***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 179,324 confirmed cases reflects this.


Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 19 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases

(to midnight 19Jan2021)

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 19Jan2021) New Cases during last 14 days

(to 19Jan2021)

Ireland 2,488 1,222.8 58,227
Monaghan 91 2,264.4 1,390
Waterford 95 1,792.1 2,082
Louth 48 1,741.9 2,245
Wexford 23 1,695.1 2,538
Carlow 50 1,605.4 914
Limerick 133 1,594.2 3,107
Mayo 87 1,550.1 2,023
Dublin 726 1,340.4 18,060
Clare 46 1,285.2 1,527
Cork 314 1,280.4 6,951
Donegal 84 1,189.8 1,894
Cavan 55 1,140.8 869
Galway 148 1,041.6 2,688
Meath 130 1,012.6 1,975
Kilkenny 31 990.6 983
Tipperary 76 970.8 1,549
Kildare 112 933.9 2,078
Roscommon 12 866.1 559
Laois 38 851.3 721
Offaly 32 806.8 629
Kerry 53 796.2 1,176
Wicklow 33 671.2 956
Sligo 25 656.1 430
Westmeath 29 588.0 522
Longford 11 516.2 211
Leitrim 6 468.1 150



5-day moving average 2,556

7-day incidence 424.8



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